Donalsonville mayor resigns; city activates emergency ordinance amid pandemic


DONALSONVILLE, Ga. (WDHN) — Donalsonville Mayor Dan Ponder resigned Tuesday during a special-called meeting, according to a report by the Donalsonville News.

Ponder contacted us and said he chose to resign to save the city costs with a special election.

“Waiting another year and a half until my term expired would have been irresponsible in these current times,” Ponder told the paper.

Now, the city does not have a full-time mayor at its head during the pandemic. This comes at the same time that the City of Donalsonville activated an emergency ordinance to put protocols in place to minimize exposure to COVID-19.

Seminole County has two confirmed cases among its population, although Donalsonville Hospital confirmed five positive cases in general.

Effective immediately, all public buildings will conduct business by appointment only as walk-in traffic is no longer allowed. City hall employees can be contacted at 229-524-2118.

Bars and night clubs will be closed as well as inside dining areas. A curfew is also in place lasting from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

All gatherings of 10 or more people are banned unless a distance of six feet minimum can be maintained per person.

As for the council, they will no longer meet in public. Instead, they will conduct their affairs by email and post their actions on the city’s website.

Read the city’s complete ordinance here.

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